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Join Self Published Fantasy Month throughout September

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According to a recent article by the Alliance of Independent Authors, indie authors (which is what self-publishing authors are) account for:

30-34% of all e-book sales in the largest English-language markets, depending on which source you read...

Independent authors also contribute much more to diversifying the publishing industry, an endemic issue that will never be addressed by depending on large publishers.

There are anecdotal reports of how self-publishing is diversifying the book-world, and it seems likely, but research is needed as are more own-voice authors and diverse characters across fiction.

Since I'm exclusively reading books by women, a personal favourite stat of mine from the article is:

that there is a gender split in self-publishing that is a mirror opposite to the publishing trade. A study by FicShelf found that 67 percent of top-ranking self-published titles were written by women, versus only 39 percent of the top traditionally published titles. Trade publishing favors male authors, but with self-publishing, women are able to build success for themselves.

This gives me a lovely warm feeling. :)

Along with science fiction, the fantasy genre consistently pushes boundaries and trends in books and stories.

And this why Self Published Fantasy Month is so important!

Each year in September, the #SelfPubFantasyMonth group run a month-long celebration highlighting the best of what the self-published fantasy community has to offer. Using blogs, reviews, videos, tweets, threads, and anything else that could help, fans of indie-authored fantasy books share their love!

While the event is primarily about simply reading a self-published fantasy book, there's so much more you can get involved in.

Daily Challenge

The #SPFMChallenge is perfect for those looking to Tweet or Instagram their reading progress.

The group have provided a

list of daily prompts to stir your imagination and put your picture crafting skills to the test.

1st–30th of September

  1. TBR
  2. The Reluctant Hero
  3. LGBTQIA+ Love
  4. Elves and Dwarves and Orcs, Oh My!
  5. Let’s Hear it For Anthologies
  6. #CoverLove
  7. Your Gateway
  8. Magical Magic System
  9. The Lovely Villain
  10. Change
  11. Creature Feature
  12. Non-Western Setting
  13. #ShelfieSunday
  14. Favorite Self-Pub
  15. Dynamic Duo
  16. The Waiting Evil
  17. POC by POC
  18. There Be Dragons About
  19. Here Comes The Cavalry
  20. #ReReadWorthy
  21. I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying
  22. That Ship Has Sailed
  23. Who Dwells In These Woods?
  24. Leading Lady
  25. Little Bit O’ Horror
  26. Coming-Of-Age
  27. #LOL
  28. Comfort Reads
  29. That’s Grim…
  30. All This Power!

Looks like fun, right?

Read Along

Another activity is to read along together, sharing your thoughts, and loves for the same book.

This year, the Read Along title is The Thief Who Pulled On Trouble’s Braids by Michael McClung. This first book in the epic fantasy The Amra Thetys Series is available to buy DRM-free from Kobo.

You can find more about the read along, the daily challenges and much more to help support indie authors on the Self-Published Fantasy Month website.

Take a look and get reading!

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